This Chardonnay has a brilliant medium yellow color, with enticing gardenia floral notes and slight herbal accents of lemon verbena and sage. The palate is crisp and salivating with expressions of lemon citrus that glide to a long, supple finish.
In order to maximize quality, the harvested grapes went directly to press as whole clusters and were gently pressed. This provides a distinct mouthfeel texture. After settling, the juice was racked into French oak barrels for fermentation. The wine spent its entire life in barrel, where it completed primary and secondary malolactic fermentations. It was aged on the lees for 13 months in 28% new French oak barrels, and 28% once-filled French oak barrels to complete elevage. In order to increase richness and body, it was occasionally stirred to suspend the lees and soften the texture. It was bottled on November 17, 2020.
The season began with a warm winter, with no frost issues, and a mild spring that resulted in a nice, even fruit set. While the summer was quite warm, there were only a couple of short heat spikes, which ensured that the grapes were able to fully ripen while retaining the natural acidity we love. As a result, our Chardonnay crop w as balanced and healthy, yielding wines with vibrant flavors and excellent depth and energy. We harvested our Bacigalupi Chardonnay on August 20, 2020.
Long famous as one of the key growers for the Chardonnay that won the famed 1976 Judgment of Paris Tasting, the Bacigalupi family are winegrowing icons in the Russian River Valley. This Chardonnay comes from a property that neighbors our MacRostie Estate House on Westside Road—the acclaimed Bacigalupi Frost Ranch.